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when Vog meets Lula: part ii

Hello All!

Do you remember that time I raved about LuLaRoe and how the clothing pairs really well with Fluevogs? Well, I’m going to continue doing that in this post. I wrote that post in part, because I was hosting an online party with Ellen Gillian. I had so much fun helping people shop that I decided to host again, but this time with LuLaRoe Jessica Dela Cuesta. (Note: The shop links only work if you’re logged in to Facebook.) Jessica’s shop opens THIS SUNDAY, June 4th at 10am and closes on Monday, June 5th at 8pm. She has already posted some sneak peeks so feel free join her group and check it out! (Also, feel free to email me at fortheloveofvogs@gmail.com, contact us via Facebook, or post in comments if you’d like me to add you to the shop!)

To help make the shopping a little easier, I decided to post some short reviews about the pieces I currently own and/or have tried on. Please note that everyone has a different idea of what they like and don’t like. What works for me, may not work for you, and that’s okay! The point of this post is to share some honest opinions about the clothes that complement my love of Vogs.

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In my introduction to LLR, these were the pieces I started out with. I acquired a Randy top through a special one of the sellers was having. At this point, I wasn’t willing to actually try out the tops.

Lately, I have been thinking about why so many Flue-Lovers (like me) also love LuLaRoe (LLR). Confession: When it comes to clothes, I’m super cheap. This is because I’d rather save my dollars to buy my beloved Fluevogs. When I first encountered LLR, I thought the leggings and skirts were awesome and well priced. I was most hesitant about the dresses and tops because this Old Navy/ JC Penney/ Costco/ Target gal rarely spends more than $30 on tops and dresses. However, after I gave in and decided to expand my horizons, I realize that Flue-Lovers and Roe-ers love fashion that’s unique and reliable. Yes, I’m willing to spend a little more on a LLR top because I know it’ll fit every time. This saves me a lot of time and heartache trying on clothes in dressing rooms at the local mall. While I’m not a fan of MLM sales, I do appreciate that buying LLR means that you’re supporting a small business, run by good people. So here goes the review….

With respect to the above pic, I want to share a few quick words about Randy (raglan tee). Randy has a tight fit, but if you get the right size, he’s a super comfy day off tee that’s meant for both men and women. (Note: Men do have the Patrick and Mark to choose from as well.) Since I’m always looking for work clothes, Randy will make a very limited appearance in my wardrobe.

Viva le Leggings

(L) This is me celebrating International Fluevog Day this year. I’m in love with these striped leggings and my Maps! (R) Madame Shirley is sporting her lightbulb leggings. They’re perfect because of the work she does with power plants!

I don’t think it’ll take a lot to convince you to try the leggings. They feel like buttah. Seriously. Everyone starts here because they’re affordable, comfortable, come in a plethora of prints and colors, and are made for most bodies out there. Adult sizes look a little something like this:

  • Tween: 00-0
  • One Size: 2-10
  • Tall & Curvy: 12-22

They also have kids sizes, as well as Mommy & Me options. Yes, moms and daughters in matching leggings is just super cute:)

Maxi is a must-have

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Maxi allows me to wear my fancier Vogs:)

Maxi (skirt, converts to a dress) is one of my favorites, especially in the spring and summer months. Every time I’ve worn a Maxi, I’ve always received compliments from strangers. I used to hesitate in wearing long skirts because as a shorty, I feared looking even shorter. However, Maxi changed all of that for me. She’s super pretty and feminine. I usually wear her as a dress with a shrug. Sometimes, I will change it up and wear it as a long skirt. Either way, Maxi is gorgeous and gets the most play in my closet.

 

Oh Cassie, how I love thee…

 

Please excuse the silly pictures. (L) This was taken at 5am and I was feeling delirious from sleep depravation. I scored a very rare Cassie in black, which I wore to an important meeting (along with my Babycakes!). (R) This is my first Cassie, which I was sporting during an outing at Golden Gate Park. Yes, that’s a Classic Tee peeking out of the knit jacket.

 

Cassie (skirt) is a traditional pencil skirt that is typically made with stretchy material. I fell in love with her early on because it’s impossible for me to find a pencil skirt that fits well. Another perk is they travel well. Cassie is fairly light and needs no ironing. I basically crumple and toss this into my luggage and she remains perfect every time!!

Azure and Classic Tee are simply classic…

I don’t always wear a full LLR outfit, but this one seemed to work. Azure is another skirt I’m a huge fan of. (Actually, I love most LLR skirts.) I was pleasantly surprised by the Classic Tee. Of course, the blue textured skirt with red accents goes great with these Zazas. 

I scored this Azure (skirt) during one of the many online LLR contests I have entered. Like Cassie, Azure is easy to travel with and I like the silhouette. She makes for a great top (check my previous LLR post). Again, for travel she’s perfect because provides multiple outfits with just this one piece.

With respect to the Classic Tee (top), I wasn’t prepared to like this one as much as I do. LLR makes their tops pair well with their bottoms – especially the leggings. What makes the Classic Tee so special? They run long, hiding your bottom. They’re also generous around the belly. It gives you shape without being clingy. My only wish is that the sleeve was longer.

Madison: For the pocket lover in you…

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Madison with a cinched Old Navy top. 

Unlike Cassie and Azure, Madison has a fuller skirt and the waistband is a tad snug. The nice thing about it is that she has POCKETS! While I think Madison is a fine skirt, she’s not exactly one of my favorites. I love this gorgeous blue/red/white printed one, but she’s not one I run to that often.

Julia & Irma

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Julia in two ways. Alone when I just DGAF, and paired with Irma for a different look.

I was in the market for a neutral top, and this grey Irma fit the bill. Like the Madison, Irma isn’t exactly one of my favorites. My biggest issue with her is the arms. Since I have thick upper arms, I find the sleeves a bit snug. However, Irma is very generous in the belly and in length. I’ve seen pix of people buying her in a size or two larger than usual, to wear as a dress (you just need a belt to cinch the waist). Perhaps one day I’ll do that.

Julia is one dress that deserves some attention because she was a surprising one for me. Truth be told: I wasn’t too thrilled about Julia in the beginning because she’s TIGHT. I had to size up and even then I thought she was a little clingy.  Up until recently, I wasn’t a fan of rockin’ the VBO.

Early in our relationship, I made the mistake of having The Huz choose a few dresses for me to try on when we were at the local Bettie Page store. I was appalled at his selections because everything he chose was tight and clung on to every lump and bump on my body. (Apparently, The Huz is a fan of the VBO, and all sorts of other visible outlines.) After that, I vowed he would never again choose my clothing.

Fast forward to sporting Julia…. This is one of The Huz’s  favorite dresses (and yeah, I kinda love her too!). While it does caress every curve, lump, and bump, she does so in a good way. I will say that a lot has happened since The Huz picked those Bettie Page dresses. Namely, I’ve made peace with my body. At age forty-one, I just don’t have the time or patience to hate or hide my body anymore. Plus, VBO is all the rage in radical love. Get it! Note: Jessica is offering special pricing on Julia. Please PM her via the shop for more details!

Carly: The Lazy Dress

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The blue in this Carly goes well with the Bunny!

In looking at the different LLR groups, Carly seems to be super popular. I can see why. She’s generously sized and there are so many different ways to wear her (as a top, wrap dress, etc. YouTube it!) I battle with my feelings about Carly because she wears like pambahay (house clothes). At $55, that’s hella expensive pambahay. However, during those mornings when you’re running late because you’ve missed your alarm and you’re still rolling out of bed, Carly is the dress you wear to give the illusion that you’re put together. Slip it on, wear it loose, or do a little knot, and viola! You’re done. At the end of the day, you can take her to bed with you. Yeah, she’s that great. She’s also one that you’ll find yourself wearing all the time. When you break down the cost per wear, she’s actually worth the investment.

Nicole and the family that LuLas together

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My cousins and I decided to finally have dinner at Prubechu, a Guamanian restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission area. We all agreed to wear some LLR that night. Of the many things I love about LLR, it’s that the clothing itself can be a family affair. It’s versatile enough that almost every member of the family can find something they like. Though not pictured, my mom and my sister have some LLR too! I specifically chose this Nicole because she’s perfect with the Dollface.

My final note will be about Nicole, which is a sleeved fit and flare dress. At first, I didn’t like the fit of this. However, the more I wear her, the more I like her. She’s easy to slip on and off, and provides a lovely silhouette. She’ll be great for teaching and/or conference presentations. Among the dresses, I think Nicole and Maxi are the best to start off with.

Sigh. That was a long one. Congrats if you made it to the end. I hope you found this post useful. As always, feel free to comment or email if you have questions or would like to shop with me this Sunday.

For the love of Vogs (and LuLaRoe),

j-ro


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scenes from IFD 2017

Hello FlueLovers!

Are you still basking in the post-IFD glory of a new pair of Fluevogs?

Personally, I had a great time hanging out with my dear friends at the Kingdom of Haight. I almost didn’t make it because I was having car trouble and the service folks initially estimated the car not being done ’til closing time. Luckily, the FlueGods were on my side. My car was ready early and I made it to the festivities before San Francisco traffic became atrocious. Plus, I found great parking (wa-hoo!). Maraming salamat, FlueGods!! Since the budget is extra tight these days, I knew I couldn’t add a pair to my collection (but I’ve got my eye on you, Alison!). Did that stop me from celebrating? Absolutely not!! What was my highlight? Meeting fellow FlueLovers, of course!

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Who could resist the photo booth? Here I am with Marisol (the queen of the FlueLovers), FlueDaddy Denny, and Phillip, his awesome +1.

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I’m a sucker for the photo booth!

In fact, minutes after I arrived, John called the store and I got to witness him bestowing a lucky person with a new pair of Fluevogs. YAY! As someone who has won previously, I know how awesome that feeling is. Starting off by watching someone WIN a pair of free Fluevogs let me know that the rest of the day was going to be fantastic.

Considering it was a Monday, the store was buzzing a lot more than I had anticipated. Everyone at the Kingdom of Haight was super busy and there were so many people trying on and buying Vogs, as well as mingling and munching on delicious treats (made by Queen Marisol). Since it was the first time in four years I was able to actually attend IFD, I was on cloud nine. See below!

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My one sad moment was when Madame Shirley confirmed that she would not be able to join in the festivities. (Boo!) Oh well. We’ll just have to visit le Dealers another time.

Speaking of le Dealers…. Though they were super busy, Dee (and later assisted by Anke) kindly brought out shoes for me to try on. (swoon!) Yes, though my budget says no, le Dealers say: Just try it on! Oh le Dealers, how I heart thee! When I try on Fluevogs, you know what that means, right? Yes, more FlueReviews are coming your way!!

So how did you end up celebrating IFD 2017? Feel free to post in comments!

for the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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2017 International Fluevog Day

IFD 2017

The day you’ve all be waiting for is here! Whether it’s your first time or like me, your 7th time(or more) celebrating International Fluevog Day, the MotleyFlue wish you a very happy day!! In case you haven’t checked it out, please see the official IFD page for some great information about today’s festivities, including ways to win FREE Fluevogs!!! Shirley and I will try to make it to the Kingdom of Haight today. We hope to see you there!!

for the love of vogs,

j-ro


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IFD 2017: Be Prepared!

Happy Friday!

Since this will be my last post before this Monday’s International Fluevog Day, I wanted it to be a BIG one! Today, is all about my favorite family, the Prepares. As I have said many times, I’m not a fan of having the same Fluevog in different colors. Fluevogs come in so many different colors and styles, and with my limited budget, I just don’t have time to mess around by purchasing repeat Vogs.

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Yeah. Never say never! My one exception to my no doubles rule is the Prepares | Guide. I have them in three different colors: the original blue, paisley, and silver (see above). These are a super versatile shoe that you can wear every.single.day. My original blue ones are so beat up that both heels have broken at some point. Luckily, my trusty local cobbler managed to glue and staple them back together. Yay! When they first came out, I was size 9.5 (the size I opted for both original blue and paisley Guides). However, when I acquired the silver ones, I went up to size 10 for that extra wiggle room. When I have a major event (a job interview or I’m hosting something for my job), the Guides always come with me.

Prepares | Find. The berry and dots pair were a size 10 and the python were size 10.5 (the size availability was limited for the python). I’d likely get these in size 10. There was a pinchy part near the big toe mound, which could be fixed with stretching. Otherwise, these feel and fit like the Guide. I like that the Find is more bold in texture and color combinations. Guide lovers will find the variations a welcome option.

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Prepare 2.0 | Canopy. Size 9.5 (perfect sizing for me). Out of the photos that the Huz previewed, he seemed to like these the best on me. The vibrant blue metallic canvas does look amazing and makes for an awesome neutral. The double buckle and higher heel are also nice variations to this particular Vog. In fact, the higher heel is what makes Prepare 2.0 different from the original Prepares. While I think this looks great, there was some pinching on the big toe mound. Since this blue pair is canvas, I’m not sure stretching is an option. Luckily, the black ones are leather, so the pinching is an easy fix. The buckles are the same rosy ones that you see on the Orlando (gorgeous!).

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Prepares | Venturous. Size 9 (but I need 9.5 or 10). I’m a sucker for a good black boot. I don’t have an ankle boot in my collection, so naturally, I was drawn to these. Unfortunately, the store didn’t have my size, so I had to painfully squeeze my Flintstones (my new nickname for my feet) into the size 9s. Yeah. Meh. No bueno.

For those of you who remember the Mini | Lover, the Venturous seems to be a current iteration of the now discontinued Mini. Imagine the Guides disguised as a boot. That’s the Venturous. My notes clearly read: “I need these.” So do you!

So…. Are you as excited as I am about IFD? What are you all getting?! Which store(s) will you be at?!) Please post to comments. We’d love to hear from you!

for the love of Vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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IFD 2017: Spyro

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Urban Angel | Spyro. Size 10. Sizing up to a 10 was perfect! Following up yesterday’s post about the Takami, I wanted to introduce you to the Spyro. Like the Takami, Spyro is a sporty “day off” comfy Vog. For those of you who want to spend a day at the park, but still want to sport your Vogs, this is a great one to add to your collection. I like to think of both Urban Angels as giving fellow Fluezies the option to Vog everyday of the week. There is no break-in period required. However, I do recommend wearing these with socks. Without them, you may have the foot farting issue. (gasp!)

for the love of Vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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IFD 2017: Urban Angel

Urban Angel | Takami. Size 11 (need size 10.5 or 10). According to FlueMaster Denny, Takami is sized really small, so expect to go up at least a full size. While these aren’t the kind of Vogs I would normally wear, I will say that these are #1 on my personal musty have list. I’ve been needing a good street shoe that I can throw on everyday to run errands and such. I do own the Eastons, but I wanted something with that Fluevog flair. Takami totally fits the bill. The tongue-less sneaker is an awesome way to show off those unique socks in your collection. These are comfy right out of the box. Note: don’t waste these on the gym.

for the love of Vogs,

j-ro

 


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IFD 2017: Ros

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Esoteric Temptations | Ros. Size 10 (but I’d likely need to size down to 9.5). Apologies for the strange picture above. It’s been a while since we’ve done the FlueReviews, so getting into the flow of what/how to take pictures of the Vogs takes a little but of getting used to. In fact, if any of you have suggestions on what you want us to show you in the pix (such as more sole, side, or top views), please feel free to let us know (via comments, email, etc.). Moving on….

As I have said countless times, I’m not a pointy toe gal, so I knew that Ros and I wouldn’t necessarily be good friends. While we wouldn’t necessarily sit at the same lunch table, we would definitely get along as genuinely good people. Yes, Ros is genuinely good folk. First off, she’s HOT!!! If I’m being honest, I’m pretty sure I can’t pull off something this sexy. I just don’t have the wardrobe to give this gorgeous Vog the respect she deserves.

OMG. Both the black and pink (I call bs; it’s red!) iterations are simply divine. Please note the detail on the heel, the different textures on the leather straps (they seem to be suede and patent leather, while the body is regular leather), as well as the hardware on the buckle and down the top center of the shoe. Of course, the Swordfish toe makes this a chic rocker/goth addition to your collection. For me, Ros is a no-go because of the pointy toe and the heel height (I prefer platforms for the heels I wear). However, if you’re a pointy toe shoe lover and are looking for something with that sexy edge, then Ros is for you. In case you’re near a store, I do suggest stopping by to check her out because the pink look so different in person!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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IFD 2017: Iris

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Attic | Iris. Size 10. As I have mentioned before, I’m not much of a pumps person. I just don’t like wearing anything that makes me feel like I’m mostly on the balls of my feet. Blame it on my extremely wide, flat-footed nature. (Seriously, Fred Flitstone is my feet twin!) When I do wear something with a heel, it will likely have a platform and a wider cut. Given that, Iris isn’t for me. However, there are a number of things that are great about her. For example, if you’re a pump person, these are great because the toe box is roomier than I had expected. Like a true Fluevog, the details are gorgeous. I love the dark burgundy embossed leather with contrasting yellow patent leather toe, pink trim, and red heel. Before Fluevogs, I mostly stuck to black and brown footwear, with the occasional red if I was feeling adventurous. The color is definitely bold, and the various textures add interest. Plus, it’s just so pretty! Again, if pumps are for you and you’re looking for something that work suit some pizazz, Iris is a great pick. For the spring and summer months, she’s go great with dresses and skirts!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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IFD 2017: Groove is in the heart

HAPPY FRIDAY!! For those of you who have had the pleasure (or curse) of having me attend your wedding reception, you probably already know that Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” is my wedding jam! (Yes, this track is definitely part of my wedding mix.) If this song is blaring from the DJ’s speakers and you’re not up and dancing the night away, then I have absolutely no words for you!!img_2108Mega Munster | Deee. Size 10 in teal. (insert the sound angels singing here) Real talk: I have a pair of 40th anniversary Munsters that I have worn only a handful of times in the last seven years.  They are gorgeous and fluegasm worthy. However, they’re not the most comfy of shoes. At best, they’re about a 2-3 hour shoe. If I’m not doing a lot of walking or standing, then I’ll sport these because I love the attention. With that, when the interwebs was a-buzzing over the Mega Munsters, my initial reaction was: meh.

And then Deee graced my precious feet…

Oh holy hell…. Deee (named after Deee-Lite) is my Vog of all Vogs pick. This is theee (yes, misspelling on purpose) Vog to get because it’ll reach collector’s item status in years to come. Unlike the 40th anniversary Munsters, you can get some serious usage out of these. Though the heel is substantive, some folks online say that the platform is higher and that these may also be cut a tad bit wider. I don’t have a side by side comparison, so I can’t confirm. If true, the wider cut plus a higher platform make these a lot easier to walk around in all day long. Other than the overall look (the teal is GORGEOUS in person!), the comfort on these is so much better that the previous iteration of Munsters. I tried on size 10 and they were perfect for me. If you’re in the store, you MUST try these on. They’ll change your mind about the Munsters. (I just hope they’re there when you do visit!!)

For the love of vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases.